Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

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Katherine Richardson

Moving from local to global environmental management

Katherine Richardson is a Professor in Biological Oceanography and Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre, University of Copenhagen. She is or has been Chair/member of a number of different national and international boards regarding environment, including Chairmanship of the Danish Government's Climate Commission (2008-2010) and the Climate Advisory Committee of Denmark. She led a project on a round-the world Danish research cruise ( and has published a wide range of books and scientific publications, including Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions (2011) and Our Threatened Oceans (2008).

Our ancestors long ago recognized the necessity of managing local environmental resources for the sake of society as a whole. Likewise, we accept the need for regional environmental management. Science is now telling us that there is a need for management of environmental resources at the global level also for our own sakes. Can we identify frameworks that might aid in developing this management? How might it be achieved?

What is national ICT-policy for Sustainable development?

Mattias Höjer is Director of KTH Center for Sustainable Communications, CESC, engaged in innovative research on ICTfor sustainability (ICT4S). Mattias is also Professor in environmental strategies and futures studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and specialises in projects on Smart Sustainable Cities and on long-term ICT-futures.

During the last decades, ICT has had an enormous influence on societies all around the world. What can be said about the environmental consequences of this, and what are the relations between governments' ICT-policies and environmental policies?

Hans Bruyninckx

Expanding our environmental knoweldge base for transitions

Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, since 1 June, 2013.
In 1996 Dr Bruyninckx completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University. From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He has taught on global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance. Throughout his career Dr Bruyninckx has worked with governmental agencies, civil society and businesses, often in an advisory role.

State of the Environment

Katja Rosenbohm, head of communication, 
European Environment Agency

Katja will present the State of the Environment Report 2015, to EnviroInfo and ICT4S communities, and elaborate future demands in environmental knowledge and its co-creation.

The aim is to explore how experts from the information and communication technology communities can contribute to achieving the goal of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (7EAP) - ‘Living Well, within the Limits of our Planet’.

Hans Wendschlag

Selecting safer chemicals – how to avoid regrettable substitution

Hans Wendschlag, EMEA Program Manager Social & Environmental Responsibility, Hewlett-Packard

Since decades, legislators, NGO's, eco label organizations as well as customers have published multiple lists of unwanted substances. So far, little effort has been spent on defining the basics for substitution, i.e. to agree on what data and which test results are necessary to ensure the replacement substances is indeed a better alternative. 

Priorities for ICT4S: What We Can Do for a Future of Descent

Bonnie Nardi is a professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

We live on a finite planet. ICT4S, and more broadly, our economy, must adapt to this reality if human culture is to continue. The planet will be around for a long time — will we? We are at a stage of cultural evolution in which we have powerful tools at hand: science, technology, and a sense of history. If we deploy these tools intelligently, we can adjust the errors of our unsustainable ways and continue life as the only species (at least on Earth) that enjoys self-awareness, art, spirituality, and the capacity to imagine. Unlike traditional siloed disciplines, the talents of the nascent ICT4S community include a robust base of engineering, social science, and information science. These diverse expertises can be brought to bear to anticipate a future in which the limits of finiteness are recognized, managed, and even celebrated.

Datacentre Fundamentals & Energy Efficiency

Joseph Kava is the Vice President of Data Centers at Google, California

Joseph will cover the drivers of growth in datacentre investment, the building blocks for making for a modern datacentre, the importance of energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy.